A make-ahead, refreshing, hearty, vegetable-dense soup using cabbage and simple ingredients packed with flavor!
Cabbage soup and I go way back — my mother used to make a variation of this soup during the winter months using chunks of carrots and rich chicken broth served with a dollop of sour cream and dill.
My mother’s recipe deeply inspired me for this cabbage soup! By including extra caramelized onions, more garlic as well as ground cumin and red pepper flakes, I just made a few personal tweaks.
For most of us, cabbage flies under the radar when it comes to its culinary use and health benefits. Cabbage might look like lettuce, but it’s actually a part of the same cruciferous vegetable family as kale, broccoli and cauliflower.
Soups are some of my favorite dishes to make on batch cooking day, especially cabbage soup. I encourage you to do the same! It’s such a great way to have a healthy, home-cooked meal ready to go when you need it.
Firstly, cabbage is a great source of fiber, which is important to eat each day since it keeps our digestive system moving, blood sugars balanced and microbiome healthy.
Cabbage contains antioxidants and polyphenols that help reduce inflammation in the body and protect the body from free radical damage. It’s a particularly great source of the powerful antioxidant vitamin C. This plays a huge part in our immune system, wound healing and collagen production. Vitamin C may even have a role in preventing certain cancers.
Cabbage is also rich in vitamin B6 and folate. These particular nutrients support several of our body’s vital systems with cell growth and development.
Another interesting fact about cabbage is that it contains glucosinolates which can be converted into isothiocyanate (ITC) compounds. ITC compounds have been shown to prevent certain types of cancers including bladder, breast, colon, and prostate cancer. (4)
What Is A Foundational Five Nourish Meal?
The Foundational Five Nourish Meal is any meal that contains all 5 elements within the Foundational Five, non-starchy carbohydrates, starchy carbohydrates, healthy fat, protein, and the Flavor Factor.
By following this simple template it keeps food flexible, fun, and nourishing. Our Foundational Five Nourish Meals can be found as yogurts, oatmeal bowls or breakfast bowls, nourish bowls, salads, soups and stews, stir-frys and more.
Any meal can be made into a Foundational Five Nourish Meal by just knowing the system I teach in our Method Membership and in my free guide about creating healthy eating habits with ease, that you can get right here!